California’s DRAM Tops 200MW, as Utilities Pick Winners for Distributed Energy as Grid Resources

By [email protected] California’s big three utilities have asked regulators to approve more than 200 megawatts of contracts in the final round of a program that could set market rules for distributed energy in the state in the years to come.

The program is the Demand Response Auction Mechanism, or DRAM, which since 2015 has allowed distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to offer their services to utilities and the state’s grid energy markets. The commodity being traded is measured in kilowatt-months of capacity, or the ability to reduce use or add energy for up to 4 hours at a time during the state’s late

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